At Fir-Ends we are committed to offering extended provision wherever possible, to ensure that our parent community is able to access employment opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable.
We operate in a rural area, where transport takes time. This often means that a 'normal' school day does not allow parents to work 'normal' hours.
Similarly, we are aware that many of our families work on busy farms, or care for relatives and having the option of an extra hour or so of child-free time during the week can be very useful to them.
To assist with this, we have developed a system of wraparound care that provides an opportunity for parents to drop children off at 8:00 and collect them up to 18:00, to fit around working patterns.
All wraparound care can be included as part of Free Entitlement hours (15 or 30 hours) for parents of Nursery Pupils.
BEFORE SCHOOL PROVISION - BREAKFAST CLUB
Our Breakfast Club runs from 8:00 to 8:45 each morning and is operated by one of our Teaching Assistants, Mrs Thompson.
Greeted with a smile, pupils can share a relaxed breakfast of toast, cereal and fruit juices before playing boardgames, tackling art activities or simply having a quiet natter about last night's TV or a favourite book.
We are very flexible with bookings - at present you can just turn up*, although we do appreciate it if you can let us know in advance, especially if you're dropping off 4 or 5 year-olds!
*NURSERY NOTE: For nursery pupils, time at Breakfast Club will be considered part of the morning session, as part of funded/charged provision. Nursery children will typically go to the nursery classroom at 8:30am, after having breakfast. To ensure that we can manage pupils safely, we have a limit on the number of nursery pupils who can use Breakfast Club. If you would like to use Breakfast Club for a nursery child, please advise us beforehand (the day before is fine) so we can confirm that there is a place and/or arrange appropriate staffing.
Using a base cost of £4 per hour, we charge for breakfast club within three time bands:
- Arrive before 8:15 = £3
- Arrive between 8:15 and 8:30 = £2
- Arrive after 8:30 = £1 (no breakfast provided)
From 8:45, pupils join other arrivals in the school yard or classrooms.
Any Nursery pupils present go to the EYFS classroom at 8:30, where they are supervised by the classroom staff.
AFTER SCHOOL PROVISION - AFTER SCHOOL CLUB (AFS)
After-School Club is open to all Fir Ends pupils and runs from the end of the school day at 15:25 until 17:30.
Children end the school day with a short break outside (weather permitting) before coming in for a drink and light snack. After this they take part in sporting or craft activities, under the supervision of familiar AFS Club staff.
Like Breakfast Club, we are able to accommodate up to 6 nursery aged pupils within our After-School Club (this will be charged at the same rate as nursery care during the school day, although Free Entitlement Funding hours can be applied too).
Pricing is based on a session rate, as detailed below. Charges are in 30 minute intervals and are charged for any part thereof.
Where there are siblings attending, the second and subsequent children are charged at the sibling rate, representing a 10% discount (note: discount not applicable to nursery pupils):
15:25 to 16:30 - The 'Running Late' slots
Sometimes, parents just need a little extra time at the end of the day. If you're stuck in traffic, or stayed for one more coffee and are running late as a result, your child can be cared for until 16:00 for just £1.50, or to 16:30 for £3.00.
Pupils will have a light snack - usually a sandwich and a drink at around 16:00.
16:30 to 17:30 'The Working Late Sessions'
This session provides parents who have 9-5 working hours the opportunity to leave work in a more relaxed way too.
Staying to 17:30 costs £6.50 (and £5.85 for additional siblings)
LATE COLLECTION CHARGES:
If children have not been collected by 17:30, a late collection charge will be applied, reflecting the additional staffing costs associated with late pick-ups.
If parents are going to be unexpectedly delayed when collecting children, and will miss the 17:30 deadline as a result, they must let us know by 17:15.
Booking for the AFS Club is easy: pupils simply say they're staying during morning register.
As with Breakfast Club, we have a limit of 6 Nursery pupils, and places for children in Nursery must be booked in advance.
Hours of attendance will be billed to ParentPay at the end of a week (typically the following Monday).
Payment should be made promptly through the ParentPay system.